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History of fabric supports

Authored by: Christina Young , Alexander W. Katlan

Conservation of Easel Paintings

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367023799
eBook ISBN: 9780429399916
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The vast majority of fabric supports for Western easel paintings are textiles made from flax, hemp, silk, or cotton. This chapter traces the use, origin, and trends in the availability of these fabrics in the context of easel painting based on published papers and books, conservation records, artists’ interviews, unpublished databases and research projects, discussions with conservators, and personal observations. Stretchers will be discussed in Chapter 6.

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